From May 6 to 8, secondary students from all over Ontario gathered in Toronto for the Skills Ontario Competition, the largest skilled trade and technology competition in Canada. More than 60 District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) students participated in the competition and affiliate conferences. "It was an honour to represent my school and school board and I am looking forward to trying our next year" shared Nick Sopchyshyn from R. Ross Beattie Public School.
DSB1 students competed in cabinetmaking, carpentry team, electrical installations, home building, robotics team, small powered equipment, welding, 2D character animation, 3D character animation, coding, precision machining, lego mechanics and CNC woodworking contest. DSB1 students had to qualify through district qualifying competitions hosted in various schools between February and March.
Travis Cudney and Josh Marshall, students from Englehart High School, won the silver medal in carpentry at the competition. They were assessed on general practices, blueprint reading, design/ layout, construction and assembly of project. Jack Wooldridge, Matthew Chodoriwsky, Katie Barber-Ormerod and Grant Morgan from the Kirkland Lake District Composite School Robotics Team were undefeated in tournament play with their ball shooting robot. They lost a very close final game against Toronto Catholic District School Board for a second place finish.
24 DSB1 students participated in the Young Women's Conference and 10 students took part in the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Student Conference as part of the Skills Ontario event. The Young Women's Conference offers young women the opportunity to explore careers in the skilled trades and technologies by participating in hands-on activities and speaking with mentors. The FNMI Student Conference provides students who identify as Indigenous an opportunity to celebrate the success and skill of FNMI youth from across the province.
DSB1 is proud to have been represented at the Skills Ontario Competition, Young Women's Conference and FNMI Student Conference this year. This large-scale event is an amazing opportunity for our students to showcase their skills, learn from leaders in different industries and learn more about the career options in the skilled trades. This was a rewarding experience for every student who participated.